Elly McDonald


Someone Famous, With Girl (1985)

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stops at the sound of

his name called by

a stranger – then


who she is and forgets

himself: it’s you

he smiles (he always means it)

he laughs (and feels abashed)

her eyes mirror his

she is his (they always are)

they are both young


they both can


moments of belief, of the only kind

he’ll know

all strangers

his kind. He is

kind, or he could be, this singled out


he takes her

camera and asks

Am I in there?

Author: Elly McDonald

Worked in the Australian rock music industry as a journalist and published widely as a poet before moving to London and spending the better part of a decade in advertising agencies. Returned to Australia and tried teaching, primarily teaching English to non-English speaking, newly-arrived refugees but also briefly as a high school classroom teacher. Has travelled Western Europe, North Africa, Russia, Northern India, East Asia, coastal USA, some Pacific Islands, and Australia.

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